5 Best Memorial Day Cookout Recipes

We’ve compiled our best memorial day cookout recipes to help you plan the ultimate party to kick off summer!

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Need recipe inspiration for your Memorial Day cookout? Try one – or all – of our favorite crowd-pleasing backyard party recipes below! From appetizers to main and side dishes, our 5 best Memorial Day cookout recipes have you covered for this holiday weekend.

1. BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
BBQ bacon cheeseburger sliders on a serving platter

Our latest burger is bite-sized, sweet, savory, and tangy – everything you want in a cookout-ready BBQ bacon cheeseburger! These beef sliders are perfect for feeding a crowd. Plus, you can’t have a summer cookout without throwing some burgers on the grill.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
8 sliders
20 minutes
350 kcal
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2. Buffalo Chicken Mac N Cheese

Although it can’t be made on a grill, mac n cheese is a cookout staple in our book. A small portion makes the perfect side for grilled meats, and kids will gobble this up. Our buffalo chicken mac is a fun twist on a classic, but feel free to omit the buffalo chicken if you want to make this recipe simpler.

Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese
8 servings
1 hour 10 minutes
641 kcal
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3. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Closeup of a dish of buffalo chicken dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip

Speaking of buffalo chicken… We love making a big batch of buffalo chicken dip for parties! This dip is a hit with any crowd, and super easy to prepare ahead of time and keep warm until the party starts. Serve it with Fritos scoops, tortilla chips, or Hawaiian rolls for dipping.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
8 servings
45 minutes
217 kcal
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4. Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken with Summer Squash & Tomatoes
Lemon pepper grilled chicken served with brown rice and summer squash and tomatoes

This recipe is for those looking for healthier cookout meals. A lightly marinated and seasoned grilled chicken served with sautéed squash and tomatoes is the perfect way to kick off summer.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken with Summer Squash & Tomatoes
2 servings
45 minutes
688 kcal
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5. Homemade Guacamole
Fresh guacamole in a mortar and pestle garnished with a lime

At our cookouts, guac isn’t extra. If you love creamy avocado and tortilla chips as much as we do, check out our easy homemade guac recipe. You can throw this together in no time before the party starts – and might be whipping up another batch before you blink!

Homemade Guacamole
4 servings
10 minutes
168 kcal
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Any one of these recipes will be a hit at your party this Memorial Day weekend. For more party food ideas, view our entire list of backyard cookout recipes here. Happy summer!

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